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Sappho : opera

by Lawrence Durrell and Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1965)

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Performance by Richard Mills, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Deborah Riedel from the CD Etruscan concerto

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Etruscan concerto / Peggy Glanville-Hicks ; Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Library shelf no. CD 2025 [Available for loan]



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Sappho : opera in three acts / by Peggy Glanville-Hicks ; libretto by Lawrence Durrell.

Library shelf no. Q 782.1/GLA 4 v.1 [Available for loan]

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Work Details

Year: 1965

Instrumentation: 2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, lyric tenor, dramatic tenor, baritone, bass baritone, bass, SATB chorus, 2 flutes (1st doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (2nd doubling contra-bassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, strings.

Duration: 135 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Contents note: In 3 acts.

Commission note: Commissioned by the San Francisco Opera, under a grant from the Ford Foundation, for Maria Callas as a mezzo-soprano.

Libretto by Lawrence Durrell (with the addition of original text by Sappho). Libretto taken from the Play in Verse by Lawrence Durrell.


Program note: Peggy Glanville-Hicks's "Sappho"
by Symphony Services

Resonate article: A Tease of Sophistication by Joel Crotty

Resonate article: Peggy Glanville-Hicks - a centenary celebration by Stephen Adams

Resonate article: Glanville-Hicks's Sappho to be premiered in 2012 by Australian Music Centre

Book: Musics and feminisms / edited by Sally Macarthur and Cate Poynton.

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